MicrowaveWhat You Need To Know

Microwaving food can be a convenient and time-saving way to prepare meals for you and your family. With the right precautions, it is also a safe cooking method. The main thing to keep in mind is the type of containers or wraps you use when microwaving food.

What To Avoid
Skip plastics:Some materials can release unwelcome chemicals into your food or baby’s milk, especially when heated. To be safe, never microwave plastic containers as these can contain chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA) or Phthalates, which can leach into your food when microwaved.
No to Styrofoam: Avoid using Styrofoam, cling wrap and plastic take-out containers too as these are not safe to microwave.
Safer Choices
Ceramic or glass: Your best choice is to use microwave safe ceramic or glass bowls, plates and baby bottles to store and heat up foods and drinks. These materials won’t release harmful chemicals into your food when heated. Use a paper towel or a plate instead of plastic on top to prevent splatter.
Find Safer Products
Websites and Apps:
Clearya is a free browser extension and app that notifies you when there are unsafe ingredients in your makeup, personal care, baby care, cleaning and other products, and helps you find safe products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - Nontoxic Black Beauty Project
They offer a list and database of non-toxic beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies that are committed to toxic-free beauty and personal care products.
Detox Me
This app allows you to scan barcodes on products to find relevant tips. They also offer a buying guide to decode product labels and find non-toxic alternatives.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG has a "Skin Deep" database that rates personal care and beauty products based on their safety and toxicity levels. EWG also offers a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan barcodes and find safer products.
Think Dirty
This app and website allow you to scan or search for personal care products to see their ingredient safety ratings.